Russia to commission Nord Stream 2 pipeline onshore –

Signposts lead to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in Lubmin, Germany, September 7, 2020. Photo: AFP/VNA

In a recent announcement, Gazprom said it will use the transport capacity of the onshore Nord Stream 2 pipeline route to serve the domestic market.

“Given the current subsea pipeline supply that cannot be commissioned and taking into account the needs of gas supply to consumers in north-eastern Russia, Gazprom has decided to use the handling capacity of Nord Stream 2’s onshore pipeline supply to deliver gas to regions in Russia to supply Northeast Russia,” the company said in a statement.

Russia’s state-owned gas company also confirmed that even if Nord Stream 2 receives an operating license in the near future, the capacity to transport gas from Russia to Germany and from here to some European countries can only reach 50% of the planned capacity. The reason for this is that we have to wait until 2028 at the earliest to start the implementation of the second pipeline of the project.

Nord Stream 2 is a large-scale gas pipeline with an investment of over USD 11 billion to transport gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Gazprom and its partners completed the construction and installation of the Nord Stream 2 project on September 10, 2021. But then the project ran into some hiccups. The operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has to be approved by the German authorities.

On February 22, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that he would stop issuing operational certificates for the Nord Stream 2 project immediately after Moscow recognized the independence of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.